Board of Education

BoE begins search for superintendent

The Sept. 19 announcement of a “mutual termination agreement” between the Fayette County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Bearden was followed Oct. 1 by a unanimous vote by the school board to have the Georgia School Boards Association conduct the search process for a new superintendent. Read More»

Questions on the Fayette BoE/Bearden termination agreement go unanswered

Anyone wanting an explanation for the “mutual termination agreement” Wednesday between the Fayette County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Bearden will not get it. That is the position of the Fayette County School System and its attorney Phillip Hartley. The Thursday press release authored by Hartley gives no indication of the reasons behind the unexpected action that came after a three-hour executive session. Read More»

Fayette BoE votes 4-1 on Bearden’s ‘mutual termination’ agreement

UPDATED Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:40 p.m. — A press release just issued by the Fayette County School System has shed no light on the reason or reasons for the "mutual termination agreement" between Superintendent Jeff Bearden and the Fayette County Board of Education. The text of the press release is provided below. Read More»

Redistricting group gives first report to Board of Education

Fayette County School system redistricting committee chair and former school system employee Mike Smith gave his first report to the Fayette County Board of Education Monday night. While the committee’s work to propose new school boundaries stemming from the two school closure options is still in its initial stages, Smith said the committee is progressing with its work. Read More»

Fayette schools’ budget committee: No ‘sacred cows’

An in-depth look at cost-saving measures for the Fiscal Year 2014 Fayette County School System budget is underway.

Assistant Superintendent and budget committee chair Sam Sweat at the Sept. 17 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education reviewed the group’s mission to recommend a variety of cuts that will reduce next year’s operating budget by up to $20 million. Read More»

Robertson named to vacant Coweta BoE post

Robertson named to vacant Coweta BoE post

The search to fill the unexpired term of Coweta County Board of Education at-large member April Parker has come to an end. East Coweta resident and community volunteer Larry Robertson was appointed on Aug. 21 to serve on the school board through December 2014.

Robertson earlier this week was appointed by the school board to fill the unexpired term of at-large board member April Parker, who resigned earlier this summer, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. The school board took the action after reviewing a number of applicants for the open position, Jackson added. Read More»

Fayette BoE agrees to 2 options for closing schools

Option-cutting topped the agenda Monday night for the Fayette County Board of Education.

At Superintendent Jeff Bearden’s urging, the board without a vote agreed to cut the school closing options from five to two — Bearden’s original proposal plus one more.

The second option puts the elementary schools in Tyrone and Brooks on the chopping block. Read More»

1st hearing is set for altering school lines

Anyone keeping up with the Fayette County School System knows that one of the cost-saving measures up for consideration later this year involves the possible closure of one or more elementary schools and one middle school. The school system in order to get input from parents will be holding its first public hearing on Aug. 30 at Fayette County High School.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said the first public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Fayette County High School cafeteria on Aug. 30. Read More»

Parents grill BoE’s Todd on closing Inman Elementary School

Fayette County Board of Education member Bob Todd (center, standing) took the microphone in an Aug. 14 meeting at Inman Elementary School where he and board member Marion Key (seated, background right) heard from a cafeteria full of parents. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Board of Education members Bob Todd and Marion Key took plenty of heat from parents at Inman Elementary School at an Aug. 14 town hall meeting.

The gathering came after the school board recently agreed to have Inman included on the list of potential school closures beginning next year.

Though both school board members gave opening statements, it was Todd that responded to all the questions posed by a room full of parents who said they objected to their school being considered for closure. Read More»